Gail Hershatter

in The Gender of Memory

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267701
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950344 | DOI:

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This chapter examines rural Chinese women's experiences with fieldwork and household labor. It explains that during the 1950s, financial and political necessity required that women show up each day to engage in collective field work, even as their domestic responsibilities remained constant, unnamed and unremunerated. It suggests that in their own recollection, the women described their own virtue, fortitude, and suffering and offered both oblique statements and silences about maternal attachment.

Keywords: rural Chinese women; fieldwork; household labor; domestic responsibilities; maternal attachment

Chapter.  14971 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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